A man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and stolen property as well as reckless evasion of arrest in Orcutt on Saturday.
Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Dept. deputies saw a gray Ford Bronco driving recklessly around noon. The vehicle matched the description of one involved in a theft case currently under investigation. When officers tried to stop the vehicle, the driver accelerated through a residential area and went north on Highway 101.
The suspect continued driving at high speeds until he lost control of the vehicle at a four-way intersection. The man jumped over a fence and fled on foot through a dirt field. Deputies apprehended the suspect after a short foot pursuit.
The man was identified as 26-year-old Tommy Lee Groh. Groh had difficulty breathing while talking to the police, probably because he was under the influence of methamphetamine, Sgt. Steve Hiersche said. Deputies found five small baggies of methamphetamine, a smoking pipe and items related to the theft case in the vehicle.
Groh was taken to Marian Hospital for medical treatment and then booked into the county jail.